Turkey: Turkish Oriental Tobacco production has reached 68 million Kgs in 2019. Izmir volume has increased compared to the previous year. A surge in interest for Basma increased the volume for 2019 but the spike is predicted to be temporary. Overall quality is better for Izmir and, for the other varieties, the quality is similar compared to the crop of 2018. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry initiated an idea to regulate Turkish Tobacco use in cigarettes produced for the Turkish market by the local manufacturers.
The goal is to replace the part of imported tobaccos with that of Turkish origin in order to have a better Trade balance. (This is an unlikely scheme given that the local annual cigarette consumption is estimated at 120 Bn cigarettes requiring an annual Tobacco requirement of 96,000 Tons). The Turkish oriental crop size of 2020 is estimated at 60,000 Tons, currently mostly destined for export. Very little FCV and no Burley Tobaccos are produced in Turkey.
North Macedonia: Overall production remained stable and the Oriental Tobacco crop size is calculated at 26 million Kgs in 2019. The quality of the Tobacco is slightly better than the crop of 2018. Current subsidies are seen to remain in the near term. Currently, the Government is preparing a “Tobacco Strategy Program” for the next 7 years. The crop size of 2020 is expected to be 10% lower than the previous year.
Greece: Oriental tobacco production is calculated at 20 million Kgs in 2019, made up of approximately 15 million Kgs of Basma and 5 million Kgs of Keterini.
The overall quality is better than the crop of 2018, especially the Basma variety, where the crop of 2018 was very low quality comparing the previous years. Research shows that the crop size will be 15% lower in 2020.
Bulgaria: The total crop size is calculated at 5.2 million Kgs in Bulgaria in 2019. The quality of the crop is slightly better than the previous year. The same crop size is anticipated for 2020.